When the owner of Afrodish, Ralph Sarpong, first moved from Ghana to Atlanta, he came to study finance at Georgia State University. However, after his graduation and a subsequent career in the fast-paced corporate world, Sarpong decided that his true calling was to bring authentic African and Caribbean cuisine to the heart of Atlanta.
“I started Afrodish at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market fourteen years ago,” says Sarpong, who, together with his son Chris and three other staff members, mans the bustling café counter at Afrodish. “This has been a great location for us, because many people who work downtown or at Grady Hospital or Children’s Hospital, as well as students at Georgia State and people from Atlanta’s immigrant communities, like to come to Afrodish for lunch. They’ve discovered the great variety of authentic dishes we prepare fresh every day.”
Afrodish’s menu includes lunch specials such as oxtail, stewed goat, curry chicken and jerk chicken, all served with a choice of rice and two sides. For people with a smaller appetite, the café serves a hot lunch consisting of a meat plus one, or you can choose a vegetable plate, soup, like the fragrant fufu and egasi spinach soup, or a jerk chicken salad.
“We serve about 150 guests for lunch every day,” remarks Sarpong, who uses some recipes that were passed down by his grandmother.
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